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This retreat offers you the lived experience of the teachings. In addition to practice and study, you will participate in meditation, ceremony, council, and explore what these practices and teachings mean for yourself as an individual and for the community as a whole. Whether you are interested in teaching your loved ones, earning an income as a yoga instructor, or solely want to deepen your practice, you are welcome to join this journey.
Kirpal Ecological and Meditation Center, an 11-acre organic orchard, has been blessed with a pure intention to serve all, including 30 different types of trees that provide fresh produce and herbs. The retreat center has a Balinese meditation pavilion and a 1000-square-foot yoga studio with views of the ocean over the trees.
The cabins on the property have all been built by hand and designed to be in harmony with the trees and nature surrounding them. Accommodations are lovely cabins, with options for both individual and shared, all full of charm.
This yoga teacher training in Hawaii progresses over 18 days by a map of the chakras, starting at the root and ending with the crown. During the root segment, you will ground your intentions for teaching and practice, as well as learn the vast history of yoga from the Vedas through the Upanishads, Buddhism, yoga sutras, Bhakti traditions, Tantric lineages, and contemporary yoga schools.
In the sacral chakra, you will uncover the countless layers of the subtle body, learn the principles of Ayurveda, gain an overview of classical Tantra, and practice yoga Nidra. As you progress through the navel chakra, you will explore yoga's connection with power, fire, and introduce Lakshmi practice and the business of yoga.
In the heart, you will encounter the path of Bhakti, known as devotional yoga, as well as ceremony, prayer, and healing. Moving upwards into the throat chakra, you will learn about Kashmir Shaivism and the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, principles of chanting, and a wealth of mantra and deity practices.
Progressing to the third eye, the training becomes increasingly more subtle, as you encounter an array of yogic meditations, explore yogic Buddhism, and turn inward in silence. Culminating in the crown, you will receive kundalini awakening practices, learn Shakti mantra, yogic ritual, and receive an initiation into the practice.
Each of the 18 days will also include a thorough overview of the anatomy and physiology of yoga asanas, or postures, a comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology, an intensive dissection of every major and minor pose, workshops on adjustments and alignment, and plenty of time for practice teaching. There will be time for exploring, as well as time to relax on your own in nature.
For those looking to teach, this yoga teacher training in Hawaii will provide a vast, comprehensive tool-kit for teaching physical postures, breathing techniques, alignment, adjustments, as well as pranayama, mantra, meditation, and more. The principles instructed can be applied to any style of yoga you feel compelled to offer. This retreat is fully-accredited by the Yoga Alliance. For students looking to deepen their understanding, this will be a dynamic expansion of both knowledge and practice. A sincere exploration of what it means to truly practice yoga.
Shivakali Yoga teaches an alignment-based Vinyasa flow practice, culminating in restorative postures, meditation, and pranayama. Their practice serves first to awaken the body and break-up stuck energy, to then soften the mind and nurture the inner being. Uniting the masculine and feminine aspects of practice, you will find freedom in movement, draw awareness from the mind to the heart, and allow insight to arise naturally.
Serge has been practicing the yogic arts of India and Tibet since his youth and teaching yoga for over 15 years. His approach evolves out of a deep transmission from younger years living in Kula, a yogic community, engaging in lengthy daily practice before dawn, and undergoing rigorous study with his teachers. In classes, he blends his knowledge of traditional yogic practice and philosophy with thousands of hours of training in Ashtanga, Yin, Rudra, Vinyasa, and Kundalini yoga.
Gloria discovered yoga in 2003 and realized that the breath, body awareness, and mindfulness could relieve so much of human suffering, disease, and disorder. After years of dedicated self-study and independent practice, she completed her formal yoga teacher training at Yoga Hawaii with master teachers Rupali Embry and Tania Jo Ingrahm. Gloria began teaching Vinyasa yoga in 2006 at schools, colleges, gyms, and studios. Since then, she has taught thousands of classes in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Aerial, and kids yoga, as well as meditation to various populations all over the country.
This yoga teacher training will take place Pahoa, Hawaii, USA. You will find the retreat center right next to the ocean, with the purest air you can imagine, in a lush, tropical, meditation paradise.
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During this retreat, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will consist of delicious 100% organic vegetarian meals with vegan options, fresh juices, unique desserts, and healthy snacks and teas.
On your free time, you can enjoy a massage or a healing session at an additional cost. All treatments are offered by skilled practitioners.
Please book your flight to arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO).